Celeb Saturday.

Kim and Kanye had a whirlwind wedding party. They started in Paris with parties at Valentino’s mansion to a dinner at Versailles. This all ended with a grand, yet elegant, wedding in Italy. The couple is now on a rather quite vacation in Ireland. Can’t wait for KimYe to get back stateside.

Kanye and Kim share an exclusive picture on Instagram from their Italian wedding.
Kanye and Kim share an exclusive picture on Instagram from their Italian wedding.
The ever stylish couple on their honeymoon in Ireland.
The ever stylish couple on their honeymoon in Ireland.

Angela Simmons is from a family of Hip Hop greats but she is quietly creating her own empire. Her Instagram pages gives us a glimpse of her great sense and love for fashion along with her passion for working out. http://www.instagram.com/angelasimmons

Angela hits the gym daily.
Angela hits the gym daily.
Angela is always wearing the latest trends and shares daily with her followers.
Angela is always wearing the latest trends and shares daily with her followers.

LaLa has to be busy beyond belief! She’s a wife, a mom, an actress and a businesswoman. She has a hit show on VH1 that is funny and relatable. We get to see her in a lot of the roles aforementioned. You can also check her out on Instagram. http://www.instagram.com/lala

Lala is a stylish celeb and has her own clothing line called "5Th and Mercer".
Lala is a stylish celeb and has her own clothing line called “5Th and Mercer”.
Lala has a very successful marriage with Carmelo Anthony.
Lala has a very successful marriage with Carmelo Anthony.
What is a celeb without famous friends? Lala has been friends with Ciara and Kim Kardashian for some time.
What is a celeb without famous friends? Lala has been friends with Ciara and Kim Kardashian for some time.

Don’t suffer from uterine fibroids.

I am a huge fan of the Real Housewives of Atlanta franchise that airs on Bravo TV. Most of the time there is a lot of nonsense yelling and name calling from mature women and it may seem silly to watch but every now and then a serious topic is brought up by a cast member. Cynthia Bailey introduced her struggle with uterine fibroids this season and it spoke to me and countless other men and women. I recently had a total hysterectomy because of a large uterine fibroid that my body struggled with for over a year. Just like Cynthia Bailey, I had the stomach that was protruding and the heavy periods that resulted in me suffering from anemia. After a blood transfusion and months of struggling with little to no energy, my surgery was the only way to get my old self back. It was not an easy decision. I was afraid but it all worked out and I am now feeling better than ever.

Here is a list of some facts you should know about uterine fibroids:

  • Fibroids are tumors that grow in the uterus. They are almost always benign (not cancerous).
  • Fibroids can grow as a single tumor, or there can be many of them in the uterus. They can be as small as an apple seed or as big as a grapefruit.
  • African-American women are more likely to develop fibroids than white women.
  • Fibroids become more common as women age, especially during the 30s and 40s through menopause. After menopause, fibroids usually shrink.
  • Most fibroids do not cause any symptoms, but some women with fibroids can have heavy bleeding (which can be heavy enough to cause anemia) or painful periods, enlargement of the lower abdomen and frequent urination.
  • If you have fibroids with moderate or severe symptoms, surgery may be the best way to treat them. 

Information taken from http://www.womenshealth.gov

Check out Cynthia Bailey’s blog post about her struggle with uterine fibroids here:

http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/the-dish/cynthia-bailey-i-feel-so-much-better

http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/the-dish/cynthia-bailey-debuts-slimmed-down-look

This is Cynthia Bailey on the red carpet where it was speculated that she was pregnant but was actually living with fibroids.
This is Cynthia Bailey on the red carpet where it was speculated that she was pregnant but was actually living with fibroids.
After her surgery, Cynthia posted this "After" picture on Instagram showing off a flatter tummy.
After her surgery, Cynthia posted this “After” picture on Instagram showing off a flatter tummy.

 

This is Cynthia recently in NYC. She now flaunts a more healthy body. She reports that she eats healthier meals and exercises.
This is Cynthia recently in NYC. She now flaunts a more healthy body. She reports that she eats healthier meals and exercise more often.

Get Fit Fast for Bikini Season.

Summer is right round the bend and if you are in the South you are already basking in the warm weather. We’ve had a brutal Winter where we were either homebound from all the snow or just wanting something hearty and warm to hit the bottom of our bellies. There was no time to work out but it’s not too late to get fit fast by just following these quick tips. I’m sure Kanye had these tips in his workout plan.

You can snag this suit from www.victoriassecret.com.
You can snag this suit from http://www.victoriassecret.com.

Abs (and a flat belly) are made in the kitchen, as a result, we have to alter what we eat and STAT. A high protein and low carb eating plan is a must and can be done easier in the Summer months. It’s just too hot to eat heavy meals. Combine a salad (without all the fatty dressing) and a lean protein, like chicken breast or fish, for lunch and dinner. For breakfast, I recommend a low sugar protein shake combined with your favorite fruits for an energy  packed meal. If you are hungry in between meals snack on almonds or raw veggies.

Combine a lean protein with some fresh greens for a fat blasting meal.
Combine a lean protein with some fresh greens for a fat blasting meal.

Get Moving. If there is a gym near you then get there. There are so many gym franchises popping up and they are priced so that everyone can utilize them. There are Planet Fitness and Blink Fitness just to name two. Most neighborhoods also have a local YMCA. No gym, no excuses. Get outside and walk, jog or bike around your block/neighborhood. There are also organization/groups like “Black Girls Run” who meet in different locations in the city. They meet in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and run as a group. Working out in groups provides support for your fitness goals and also motivates through accountability.

Take advantage of the warm weather and get outside for some physical activity. The Summer months are short so go out and play.
Take advantage of the warm weather and get outside for some physical activity. The Summer months are short so go out and play.

Have a goal but don’t have unrealistic expectations. You cannot lose 100 pounds in 1 month (I exaggerate). You know what I mean. Know YOUR body ad love YOUR body. Be kind to it and be thankful for it. The aim is to keep your body healthy and treat it well. Looking great in a bikini or your favorite suit is just the payoff. Giselle is sexy as hell but I will never have her body. I find my own sexy. Hope these tips will help you find yours during beach season.

Try to visit the beach as often as you can this Summer. If you can jet to the Caribbean, do so. If not, take advantage of your Atlantic or Pacific Ocean. Go there, feel the sand in your toes and read your favorite book.
Try to visit the beach as often as you can this Summer. If you can jet to the Caribbean, do so. If not, take advantage of your Atlantic or Pacific Ocean. Go there, feel the sand in your toes and read your favorite book.

 

Lets shop at Brooklyn’s Kings Plaza Mall!

Brooklyn’s Kings Plaza Mall is the only in-door mall in Brooklyn, which is useful for me in the Winter months. I’m not a fan of walking store to store in the cold weather or when it’s extremely hot for that matter. King’s Plaza mall has all of my favorite stores, minus the GAP. They are adding Michael Kors which is a great addition. Kings Plaza Mall also has a “Kids Club” that meets once a month. It’s a great way to have the kiddies engage in activities with other children in the community. http://www.kingsplazaonline.com

The Kids Club is a great way to engage the children in activity while at the mall.
The Kids Club is a great way to engage the children in activity while at the mall.
These glass panels gives you a great open air feel while shopping indoors at Kings Plaza Mall.
These glass panels gives you a great open air feel while shopping indoors at Kings Plaza Mall.

Check out this list of some of my favorite  stores at Kings Plaza Mall.

H&M. You can always rely on them for a fancy collaboration with one of your favorite designers. The ads are always hot and the clothes are even hotter. However, don’t feel like it may be too much because it has the cutest kids clothes ever! This is my 9-year old’s favorite place for finding the coolest clothes. http://www.hm.com

H&M has done some great collaborations with even greater designers. Here is an ad from their Viktor&Rolf collaboration.
H&M has done some great collaborations with even greater designers. Here is an ad from their Viktor&Rolf collaboration.

The GAP is no longer at Kings Plaza but it’s sister store Old Navy is. You can always find great basics and weekly deals for the entire family. No need to ever wait for a particular season or holiday to get a sale.  www.OldNavy.com.

We love Old Navy's weekly deals and fun feel to their stores and ads.
We love Old Navy’s weekly deals and fun feel to their stores and ads.

When in need of accessories and shoes that are sexy, sassy and a must have for the season then Aldo Shoes and Accessories is the place to shop. http://www.aldoshoes.com.

Try Aldo Shoes and Accessories for the greatest shoes and bags.
Try Aldo Shoes and Accessories for the greatest shoes and bags.

When in need of a shopping break and only an old fashioned chocolate chip cookie can hit the spot then stop at “The Cookie House”. This shop is a Kings Plaza staple and favorite. It’s a must try.

These tiny, home made, cookies satisfies and will have you going back for more.
These tiny, home made, cookies satisfies and will have you going back for more.

Looking for the perfect pair of ripped denim? Look no further than american Eagle Outfitters for that perfect pair and at the perfect price. This is a rather young feeling brand so everything in store feels care free and easy. http://www.ae.com

Find the favorite pair of ripped jeans at American Eagle Outfitters.
Find the favorite pair of ripped jeans at American Eagle Outfitters.

 

Happy Shopping!

 

Cookout Cutie! No fail outfits that keeps you cute and comfy at any cookout.

A maxi dress seems to always be appropriate for making any girl look pulled together without much effort. This is a gem that can be found at Forever21. The stripes are on trend but classic so you can keep it in your closet for some time. http://www.forever21.com

Striped cutout maxi dress from Forever21. This is under $25, casual and sexy at the same time.
Striped cutout maxi dress from Forever21. This is under $25, casual and sexy at the same time.

Say yes to flower power! Florals are perfect for Spring while welcoming to Summer. The short hem is flattering if you have longer gams to show off or muscular ones that you’ve created this Winter at the gym. http://www.forever21.com.

This short floral dress goes great with a denim shirt or a denim vest.
This short floral dress goes great with a denim shirt or a denim vest.

Denim NEVER fails! When in doubt, just grab your favorite jean shorts. Overalls have made a comeback. You remember them from the 80s. You probably thought you’d never go back there but its ok to take an 80s leap. http://www.express.com.

Denim will never steer you wrong. Try a par of short shorts or overalls.
Denim will never steer you wrong. Try a par of short shorts or overalls.

Did you know that Adam Levine does a collab with Kmart? Yeah, me neither. It is worth checking out! The looks are easy breezy and you can dress yourself and your beau for that cookout in super cool clothes for an even cooler price. http://www.kmart.com.

Try this kimono paired with a whimsy tee shirt for a laid back look.
Try this kimono paired with a whimsy tee shirt for a laid back look.

 

BBQ Treats. Move over le old potato salad and make room for these chic eats for Memorial Day.

Watermelon with Chile, Salt and Lime – Courtesy of The Kitchn
Spicy and salty, sprinkle this chile mixture on any of your favorite summer fruits like mango, cantaloupe or papaya.

Ingredients
1 tablespoon kosher salt or other coarse salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground chile pepper
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1 (10-pound) watermelon, cut into wedges
Lime wedges and mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Directions
Combine the salt, chile pepper and lime zest. Arrange the watermelon wedges on a platter and drizzle with lime juice. Sprinkle the chile mixture on top. Garnish with lime wedges and mint leaves, if desired.

Add heat to your watermelon with a little chile and lime.
Add heat to your watermelon with a little chile and lime.

Corn on the Cob with Garlicky Italian Butter – Courtesy of Eat Wisconsin Cheese
For a perfectly cooked ear of corn, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop in your shucked ears of corn and bring the water back to a boil (roughly 3-4 minutes). Drain the water and enjoy your corn on the cob!

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
2 tablespoons sundried tomato paste
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
Place butter, garlic, basil and tomato paste in bowl of small food processor (or place in bowl and use electric mixer). Pulse mixture until blended. Add Parmesan and mix. Remove to sheet of plastic wrap or waxed paper. Form a log about 1 1/2 inches across and 6 inches long, rolling paper tightly around. Refrigerate and let season overnight, if possible.

Slather your con on the cob with fantastic cheeses and spices for an extraordinary corn experience.
Slather your con on the cob with fantastic cheeses and spices for an extraordinary corn experience.

Hamburger Special Sauce – Courtesy of Bon Appetit
Forget the standard ketchup and mustard. Wow your guests’ taste buds and slather this secret sauce onto your hamburger buns.

Ingredients
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon finely grated onion
1 tablespoon sweet relish or 1 tablespoon dill pickle relish
2 teaspoons adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles in adobo
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions
Combine ingredients in a medium bowl and serve with burgers.

 

Every good barbecue must have a great hamburger. Add this sauce special sauce to give the burger a kick.
Every good barbecue must have a great hamburger. Add this sauce special sauce to give the burger a kick.

Baubles, Baubles and More Baubles! These are some of the the best sites to find trendy and best priced baubles.

What is an outfit without a bold statement accessory? Most of us don’t have estate pieces from our great bandanna so what then? I suggest you visit the websites I’ve compiled below to and visit these brands for the greatest pieces of jewelry to compliment that casual white T or denim shirt that you will most definitely be rocking this Memorial Day weekend.

The RequiredFlare shopping experience delivers you a very “city girl” feel. You can find earrings, necklaces and bracelets but there is also a small selection of handbags and cute and trendy “hair flare”. There is free shipping for orders over $45 which is a bonus for the girl on a budget. http://www.Requiredflare.com

RequiredFlare delivers a young, city girl feel with it's accessories.
RequiredFlare delivers a young, city girl feel with it’s accessories.

This brand has taken the accessory world by storm, BaubleBar. First off, the name is genius. a bar for baubles! That is exactly what you get when you visit this site. There is even a guest bartender feature on the site and supermodel Coco Rocha is the bartender this month. Run, don’t walk. http://www.Baublebar.com

Supermodel, Coco Rocha, is the Guest Bartender currently at BaubleBar.
Supermodel, Coco Rocha, is the Guest Bartender currently at BaubleBar.

FrugalFinds is fantastic for getting the bling that gives you that “Around the Way girl” feel. If you need a Gold Cuban Link then this is the place to go. It is an essential piece to jazz up your casual look this Summer. http://www.FrugalFinds.com

These gold Cuban Link earrings are what you can find at FrugalFinds.
These gold Cuban Link earrings are what you can find at FrugalFinds.

This post would be nothing without the mention of one of our favorite brands, JCrew. The Crew has really emerged at a stop for some of the best baubles for work and play.  www.JCrew.com.

JCrew is a pitstop of sorts for no fail bauble looks. You can always trust The Crew.
JCrew is a pitstop of sorts for no fail bauble looks. You can always trust The Crew.

 

Classic Flats

I struggle when wearing high heels! I practice walking in them, well not really, and yet I still look like I have two left feet when I’m stomping in stilettos. I do myself and everyone around me a favor and avoid high heels. There is nothing worse, to me, than a woman walking unsteady in heels. Throw those heels out and reach for these classic flats. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite designers/stores that carry well made and classic flats.

There is nothing like a classic ballet flat to class up an outfit. I find it very Parisian chic. Ballet flats transcends time and trends.

My very favorite “go-to” flat is the Reva by Tory Burch. The gold insignia draws the eye directly to these classics. http://www.toryburch.com.

This flat is a classic and will be around for some time. Tory has made this flat a classic.
This flat is a classic and will be around for some time. Tory has made this flat a classic.

Sam Edelman creates the most comfortable and lightweight leather flats. They feel like air on your feet. These are as great as any running shoes only cuter. http://www.samedelman.com.

 

You will certainly not be saying, "Bye Felicia", to these flats. In my eyes, these are the perfect ballet flats.
You will certainly not be saying, “Bye Felicia”, to these flats. In my eyes, these are the perfect ballet flats.

Vince Camuto has also become a fantastic resource for me as far as choosing the perfect pair of flats. This brand is classic yet edgy. There is a real city edge and feel that I absolutely love about Vince Camuto. The affordable prices are just the icing on the cake. http://www.vincecamuto.com.

This Vince Camuto creation is paying homage to the Chanel flat that is currently on fire.
This Vince Camuto creation is paying homage to the Chanel flat that is currently on fire.

 

Last, but certainly not least, is our favorite superstore, Target. This is where I get my eggs, bread and some shoes all in the same visit. Don’t judge me. Lol. Target has the greatest selection of flats during the Spring and the prices are phenomenal! the styles are always on trend yet there are always classic colors like black, blush and an animal print. http://www.target.com.

These flats are in a classic blush color and I am always in the mood for a patent moment.
These flats are in a classic blush color and I am always in the mood for a patent moment.

Disney Picks! :) by: Angelique (9)

There are so many Disney shows and artists out there, but these are some of my faves.

My favorite TV show is Liv and Maddie. Its my favorite because these two girls are sisters from different “worlds” and go on great adventures together.

This is a comedy that everybody can enjoy!
This is a comedy that everybody can enjoy!

My favorite musical artist from Disney is, my girl, Zendaya! She is my role model and who I look up to besides my mom and dad.

My girl! :)   <3
My girl! 🙂 ❤

My favorite movie is Wizards of Waverly Place because it is very adventurous and funny.

My favorite movie inspirers me to be adventurous and try new things. Like being strong enough to compete in a swimming meet. I do that too!!
My favorite movie inspirers me to be adventurous and try new things. Like being strong enough to compete in a swimming meet. I do that too!!

Body Wave or Brazilian?

I’m a naturally curly girl but sometimes I have a hankering for some Brazilian or Malaysian hair. Now, “quality” hair tends to be pricier than most of the hair you will buy at your local beauty supply store sold in packages. Disclaimer:  There is nothing wrong with packaged hair. It just does not stay in it’s original form for too long. It gets matted and tangled easier. With that being said, here is a peek into some of my favorite and some of your according to your youtube reviews. Youtube ladies rock!

http://www.snoblife.com

Ming Lee of Snob Life has really created a brand with the type of hair that she supplies to clients. The site is pink and pretty and the hair satisfies.
Ming Lee of Snob Life has really created a brand with the type of hair that she supplies to clients. The site is pink and pretty and the hair satisfies.

http://www.trueindianhair.com has New York locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Nothing beats a visit to an actual location in order to touch and feel the hair that you are interested in purchasing.

If you don’t know BeautybyJJ then please run to http://www.youtube.com and search her name. She represents for the girls who rock the Brazilian and the Malaysian flawlessly. She is committed to WhitneyMarie UK.  She is really versed in applying make-up and her videos are about application of all types of fabulous make-up brands but take a peek at the hair while you are there. http://www.whitneymarieuk.com.

This Youtube phenom is worthy of mentioning.
This Youtube phenom is worthy of mentioning.

 

 

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